York junior Nina Howe leaps to save a ball from going out-of-bounds, while Marshwood's Grace Verrill defends, in this Seacoast Online file photo from Jan. 12. Credit: Matt Parker | Seacoast Online

Third-seeded Marshwood High School of South Berwick claimed a commanding 59-37 victory over No. 6 York High School Monday in a Class A South girls’ basketball quarterfinal round matchup in Portland, CBS 13’s Dave Eid reported.

The Wildcats kept it close in the first half, going into halftime down by just two points, 23-21. But the higher-seeded Hawks pulled away down the stretch to secure the 22-point victory.

It was the third time this season the Hawks have defeated the Wildcats. Before Monday, the teams had most recently played on Jan. 12, when Marshwood dominated York in the second half to run away with a 59-36 win at home, according to Seacoast Online.

Angela Bisson led Marshwood with 18 points, followed by teammates Courtney Thim with 14 and Natalie Herbold with 11, according to Jeff Mannix of 95.5 FM, The Big Jab. Jacquelyn Tabora led the Wildcats with 13 points.

With the victory Monday, the Hawks improve to 15-4 and move on to a semifinal round game Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. York finishes its season with an 8-11 record.

York had reached at least the semifinal round for three straight years coming into the tournament, dating back to the Wildcats’ 2016 state championship. Marshwood was knocked out in the semifinals each of the last two seasons by Greely High School.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.